LondonSummer Study Tour

On our Study Tour to London we explore how photographic technologies are used in various fields such as medicine, law, journalism, and the arts, with the aim to diversify our perception of what photography is.

London has a plethora of research centers, exhibition venues, and individuals engaged at the forefront of photography today and historically. We visit curators at the groundbreaking Photographer’s Gallery in SoHo, founded in 1971 as the UK’s first public gallery devoted to the medium of photography.

We meet with the people behind Photo London, an annual commercial fair devoted to innovative and emerging photography, as well as photography students at the MA program in Photography: The Image & Electronic Arts at Goldsmith’s – University of London, to hear about the attraction and intricacies of studying and creating photography today.

At the Photography and the Archive Research Centre (PARC) we gain first-hand insights from researchers studying the historical role of photography in decolonization, war, and conflict, and learn about the center’s work to preserve the heritage of analog and digital photographic images.

Finally, as one of the most photographed cities in the world, London also sets the perfect stage for our own exploration of photography through hands-on assignments.

Tour Objectives

  • Gain insights into how photography is exhibited, preserved, and commercialized today via meetings with curators, archivists, and fair organizers.
  • Understand how photographic images shape our view of the world and how institutions and researchers work to preserve photographic heritage
  • Explore your own creative skills in photography through assignments designed specifically for the Study Tour experience

Possible Activities

  • Visits to exhibition venues such as Photographer's Gallery, Tate Modern, Victoria & Albert Museum, The Science Museum, and The Wellcome Collection
  • Meet and discuss with students in the MA Program in Photography at Goldsmith's – University of London
  • Meet with researchers at PARC – Photography and Archive Research Centre, as well as organizers behind the Photo London – International Photography Fair